ST: Monitoring At Risk Species

Support existing monitoring programs for threatened wildlife and habitats and design/implement monitoring programs for non-listed species at imminent risk from climate change or other threatening processes.

Why it is important?

Long term monitoring of threatened species is essential to understand population trends. Refer WTMA's State of the Environment Report 2015-16: "The value of long-term monitoring: A comprehensive review of regional literature and a workshop of regional stakeholders identified long-term monitoring data as the most important knowledge gap in the region." Also WTMA's Climate Adaptation Plan for the Wet Tropics 2020-2030, Objective 1.3: "Improve research and monitoring for adaptive management."

Examples of Local Action

  • Long-term citizen science project monitoring the now EPBC listed endangered Yellow-bellied glider (Wet Tropics sub-species) and its habitat.
  • Monitoring vehicle deaths of Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroo and identifying ‘blackspots’.

Local Landscape:

Southern Tablelands

Regional Theme:


National Priorities:

Threatened Species, Climate Change Adaptation


Barron, Johnstone